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Rock News Two: The week in pop

The New York Times has sounded a death knell for pop music, calling 2002 "The Year That Pop Lost Popularity."
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

Rolling Stone.com reports Bruce Springsteen will appear on Warren Zevon's final album, expected to be released next summer.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Feature: Box set music

When Bob Dylan's "Biograph" came out in 1985, it opened up a pandora's box for box sets -- multi-disc retrospective packages that combined familiar and unreleas
GARY GRAFF

Country Music News

Dwight Yoakam born in Pikeville, Ky., 1956. Maybelle Carter dies at 68, 1978.
DICK KELSEY, United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Gerry and the Pacemakers drummer Fred Marsden, who was born in 1940 (age 62); bassist Greg Ridley of Spooky Tooth and Humble Pie in 1947 (age 55); Motorhead's Wurzel, whose real name is Michael Burston, in 1949 (age 53); country'
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for Oct. 19-25.
By United Press International

Country Music News

Elvis Presley made his first public singing appearance at a talent contest, 1945. Hank Snow recorded the No. 1 single, "Let Me Go Lover," 1954.
DICK KELSEY, United Press International

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Ford gives buyers 'free ride'

DETROIT, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Ford Motor Co. Thursday announced a buyer-incentive program that defers payments on a new vehicle until next year to reduce its estimated 400,000 inventory of r

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ANGELINA JOLIE BURNING MORE BRIDGES?
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BRENDAN FRASER IS QUITE A GUY
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Country Music News

Keith Whitley born in 1955. Michelle Wright born in 1961. Hank Williams Jr.'s "Eleven Roses" reached No. 1 in 1972. Margo Smith's "It Only Hurts for a Little While" topped the charts in 1978.
DICK KELSEY, United Press International

Country Music News

, June 26 (UPI) -- TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY (June 26)
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Dwight Yoakam
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Dwight David Yoakam (born October 23, 1956) is an American singer-songwriter, actor and film director, most famous for his pioneering country music. Popular since the early 1980s, he has recorded more than twenty-one albums and compilations, has charted more than thirty singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, and sold more than 25 million records.

Yoakam was born in Pikeville, Kentucky, the son of Ruth Ann, a key-punch operator, and David Yoakam, a gas-station owner. Like many Kentucky families of the mid-20th century, the Yoakams moved to Ohio in hopes of creating a better life. However, Yoakam has always maintained a strong connection with his Kentucky roots, as evident by many of his songs, such as Readin', Rightin', Route 23, Bury Me, Floyd County, Louisville, Miner's Prayer and I Sang Dixie.

He was raised in Columbus, Ohio, but his family would return to Kentucky on weekends, thereby maintaining a sense of "home." Yoakam graduated from Columbus' Northland High School on June 9, 1974. During his high school years, he excelled in both music and drama, regularly securing the lead role in school plays, such as "Charlie" in a stage version of Flowers for Algernon, honing his skills under the guidance of teacher-mentors Jerry McAfee (music) and Charles Lewis (drama). Outside of school, Yoakam sang and played guitar with local garage bands, and frequently entertained his friends and classmates as an amateur comedian, impersonating politicians and other celebrities, such as Richard Nixon, who, at that time, was heavily embroiled in the Watergate controversy.

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